UK economy: £4bn ‘black hole’ in Rishi Sunak budget plans, says Institute for Fiscal Studies

Britain faces another tax hike due to a £4billion black hole in Rishi Sunak’s Budget spending plans, an influential think tank warned today. The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the shortfall for the 2022−23 financial year went ‘entirely unmentioned’ in the Chancellor’s speech to the Commons on March 3. If the spending plan is followed … Read more

Rishi Sunak defends income tax raid on low and middle earners

Budget 2021 at a glance Here are the main points of Rishi Sunak’s Budget: Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicts economy will return to pre-Covid levels by the middle of 2022, six months earlier than previously thought. OBR forecast economy will grow this year by 4 per cent, by 7.3 per cent in 2022, then … Read more

Budget 2021: 5% VAT cut mean cheaper coffee, meals out and holidays

Britain is set for a summer spending splurge after Rishi Sunak today extended the discount 5% VAT rate, meaning consumers are set for cheaper coffee, meals out and staycations.  The super-low rate will carry on until September, the Chancellor announced in his Budget today, then move to 12.5 per cent until April 2022 before returning … Read more

Budget 2021: Fears of Covid lockdown FOUR as Rishi Sunak extends furlough 

Rishi Sunak today sparked fears of a future return to lockdown after he extended the furlough scheme to the end of September and announced grants for the self-employed will also continue.  The Chancellor used the Budget to confirm that furloughed workers will continue to receive 80 per cent of their wages for the next seven … Read more

Budget 2021: Fears of Covid lockdown FOUR as Rishi Sunak extends furlough 

Rishi Sunak today sparked fears of a future return to lockdown after he extended the furlough scheme to the end of September and announced grants for the self-employed will also continue.  The Chancellor used the Budget to confirm that furloughed workers will continue to receive 80 per cent of their wages for the next seven … Read more

UK’s £2.8TRILLION debt mountain amid grim figures

Budget 2021 at a glance Here are the main points of Rishi Sunak’s Budget today: Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicts economy will return to pre-Covid levels by the middle of 2022, six months earlier than previously though. OBR forecast economy will grow this year by 4 per cent, by 7.3 per cent in 2022, … Read more

Budget 2021: Asda, Morrisons and Tesco vow to refuse business rates relief

Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s have vowed to refuse a business rates relief offered today’s Budget after supermarkets paid back the £1.7billion they saved in the Covid tax break last year. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said that the business rates holiday will be extended until the end of June for hard-hit retail, hospitality and leisure … Read more

UK’s tax burden is set to hit highest level since 1960s as Rishi Sunak raises billions

Budget 2021 at a glance Here are the main points of Rishi Sunak’s Budget today: Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicts economy will return to pre-Covid levels by the middle of 2022, six months earlier than previously though. OBR forecast economy will grow this year by 4 per cent, by 7.3 per cent in 2022, … Read more

UK’s tax burden is set to hit highest level since 1960s as Rishi Sunak raises billions

Budget 2021 at a glance Here are the main points of Rishi Sunak’s Budget today: Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicts economy will return to pre-Covid levels by the middle of 2022, six months earlier than previously though. OBR forecast economy will grow this year by 4 per cent, by 7.3 per cent in 2022, … Read more

Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak freezes alcohol and fuel tax in boost for Covid-weary UK

Cheers to that! Rishi Sunak freezes booze tax for a second year in a row in a boost for Covid-weary Brits and also keeps fuel duty frozen for the tenth successive year Increases in duty on beer, cider, wine and spirits  axed for second year in a row  Tax on a tankful of fuel will … Read more